Sep 18, 2007 4:36 PM
SonicVision, American Museum of Natural History
Whatever else you do while in NYC, make absolutely sure to catch a showing of SonicVision at the Natural History Museum. Presented every Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30, this show is simply unlike anything else you’ve experienced in life. NYC Editor David Weiss said it best in his article that appeared soon after SonicVision first opened in late 2003: “An awe-inspiring new 38-minute digitally animated music show with a playlist picked by Moby, SonicVision is playing out for the foreseeable future in the museum’s Hayden Planetarium Space Theater. Aptly described by the AMNH as one of the world’s largest and most powerful virtual reality simulators, the 6,550-square-foot dome is now the home of a mind-and-body experience that has definitely never been done before, bolstered by an ambitious surround mix featuring 23 channels of discrete sound and the music of artists ranging from Radiohead to U2, Coldplay, Queens of the Stone Age, Goldfrapp and many more.” Golden-eared AES attendees may catch some comb filtering in the surround environment, but see the forest for the trippy trees. It’s da bomb, trust us.
Rose Center Entrance on 81st St. between Central Park West and Columbus, 212/313-7278, www.amnh.org
The Stone NYC
Go to see actual music at John Zorn’s new club where there is no drinking, no smoking, no eating. Just Music. If you want to see similarly new and unusual music with the added bonus of drinking (it has been rumored that some AES members occasionally drink alcoholic beverages) then go to Tonic (www.tonicnyc.com) at 107 Norfolk (between Delancey and Rivington). On your way to the Lower East Side to check out these places, stop by CBGB's (www.cbgb.com) on 315 Bowery (at Bleecker) and pay your last respects.).
The Stone: on Avenue C and 2nd Street, www.thestonenyc.com.
—Patrick Dillett, www.patrickdillett.com
The Village Voice deemed it the best place to bring a first date. This intimate Chinoiserie-designed lounge has a red bar, red walls and a huge Buddha in the window. It is these nonlinear reasons that will make you want to make out. With an excellent wine, sake and beer selection—as well as a full liquor bar—Belly features eight original “Fun Drinks.” These delicious tasties, coupled with lounge- and rock-inspired nightly DJ’s, make for an adventurous liaison spot or a fun evening with a crowd.
155 Rivington Street, between Clinton and Suffolk Streets, Lower East Side, 212/533-1810
—Erika Simonian, www.sprinklegenies.com
Punk Rock/Heavy Metal Karaoke
If you're planning to stay in NYC for a day or two after AES and want to bellow some AC/DC or Misfits classics in front of a kickass live band and an enthusiastic audience, head on down to Continental for Punk Rock/Heavy Metal Karaoke. The three-piece band and the gutter-mouthed MC/backup vocalist have been laying down a hefty foundation for singers and would-be singers every Monday for the past six years, and they know a lot of tunes. When you reach the club, grab the song list clipboard as it passes around the room and sign up; to make sure you get your shot onstage, arrive early.
Every Monday night at 10 p.m. at Continental, 25 3rd Ave., free.
—Mac Randall, www.guitaronemag.com
Bowery Bar & Grill
It’s an American menu with daily specials for lunch, brunch and dinner. Everything is pretty damn tasty, reasonably priced, with great service to boot. After this, the great thing about the B Bar and Grill is its stylish decor and spacious restaurant and garden patio at nearly 6,500 square feet. There’s plenty of elbow room, and that’s rare in this town. It’s a chill environment to sit down, relax and have a great dinner near several hip neighborhoods in Manhattan. I recommend the Atlantic salmon.
At the crossroads of SoHo, Nolita and the East Village on East 4th Street between Bowery and Lafayette, www.bbarandgrill.com
—Brian Boggess, www.spiffycox.com, www.MySpace.com/SpiffyCox
For those into DJs, there’s a massive room and sound system waiting for you at Crobar. DJ battles, R&B, hip-hop, and more powered by some big-butt speakers will remind you just how big that audio you’re engineering can get.
530 W. 28th Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues), 212/629-9000
If you like the thought of the best world music in NYC running through a big, clean sound system in a spacious yet intimate setting, check out S.O.B.’s (technically, Sounds of Brazil). The door can be a little pricey, but rest assured they’ve picked out something that will tickle new parts of your eardrums. One love!
204 Varick Street at Houston, 212/243-4940, www.sobs.com
Check the schedule for this great NYC live venue, and if you like what you see, pay a visit. The live space hosts NYC bands on the up and up or national acts that have already arrived, with darn good live sound. If you get tired of standing up, the bar downstairs offers a change of pace, with comfy couches and people-watching aplenty.
6 Delancey, 212/533-2111, www.boweryballroom.com
We’ve never actually been to this lower lower East Side hangout, which reportedly has 1800 square feet of space for rocking out until 4 a.m. or so. We’re pretty sure it’s not glamorous. We have, however, heard the band called Spiffy Cox (www.spiffycox.com) that’s playing there on Friday, October 7, and they are very, very good. Lead singer/guitarist Brian Boggess shares his studio space with NYC Editor David Weiss, where he hones some of the most inspired, driving rock coming out of NYC’s underground right now. He’s fresh out of the studio with up-and-coming producer Britt Myers for his latest EP, but if you see him now, you just may get a leg up on recording his major label debut.
169 East Broadway, 212/473-8866, www.169bar.com
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